19th century sculpture is the largest compilation ever published of the endlessly enjoyable, often fascinating monumental sculpture we can still see around us in parks, schools, and town squares. Commemorating such ideals as heroism, patriotism, bravery, and such heroes as Wellington, Washington, and assorted emperors, inventors, and scientists, it was long considered old-fashioned and expendable. Now it is being reexamined and revalued by critics and art historians.
Maurice Rheims, also the author of The Flowering of Art Nouveau, is an acknowledged expert on French art who has recently been elected to the
distinguished Académie Française. No one could better inspire a fresh appreciation of these realistic and detailed 19th-centur>' works from twentythree countries. He selects sculptures by great artists—Canova, Saint-Gaudens, Rodin—and by others who are superb in technique but sometimes hilarious in their effects. The great personages of the century are portrayed, from Napoleon to Sarah Bernhardt to Balzac. The works are grouped thematically—Historical and Military, The World of Work, Portrpi' Caricature, Sculpture in the Streets, Thef Art, and so on—and a catalogue for each one.